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Chris Whiteley


Lau, Horton & Wise LLP, in Association with CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP
8th Floor, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central,
Hong Kong
Languages English

Chris Whiteley is a Partner in our Finance Group. 

Chris specialises in structured finance, particularly "OTC" derivative transactions. He advises in relation to traditional hedging and trading activities and complex strategic and funding transactions, together with related security and other credit support arrangements. He also advises in relation to the regulatory aspects of financial markets, especially wholesale markets.

Chris qualified in Hong Kong in 1997 and has extensive experience of Asian financial markets and has also previously worked as a lawyer in London and Paris, as well as in front office roles with JP Morgan in London where he worked in the credit portfolio group and corporate derivatives group.

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"Chris Whiteley remains an esteemed adviser across a comprehensive range of derivatives and structured finance mandates."

Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products (International Firms) – China, Chambers & Partners, 2021

A client considers him "very experienced and hands-on," saying that "he comes up with creative solutions and angles on legal problems and is very practical with his approach."

Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products (International Firms) – China, Chambers & Partners, 2021

Relevant experience

  • Bank Indonesia on a form of derivatives master agreement to be recommended for use by market participants.
  • An international bank in relation to an issuance of credit-linked notes.
  • An international bank in relation to hedging arrangements for a project finance transaction.
  • An international bank in relation to a securities loan collateralised with a pledge over shares held in stock connect.
  • An insurance company as cedant in relation to a reinsurance treaty collateralised by an investment in a Hong Kong open-ended fund.
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  • 1992 – LSF, Law, The Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.
  • 1991 – MA History & Law, Cambridge University, Cambridge.
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